It is the much-needed mid-range smartphone for HTC, which company should have made a long time ago. We take a look at the phone’s finer features and see if it matches up with devices like Moto G 2014 and Zenfone 5. Here are our thoughts on the device.
First let’s talk about the design. The device has nice rounded edges and a glossy plastic back cover. With thin bezels, HTC made a slightly easy to hold 5-inch smartphone. Meaning, it is easy to use this smartphone on one hand as you can move the thumb around the corners of the device. Though, with its bulky look and plastic body it is not the best design of HTC.
At the front of the device, there is an earpiece, front camera and some sensors installed by company. While at the bottom, there are capacitive button for back, home and menu operations. On the right edge, you will find the power button while the volume rocker keys are given on the left edge. At the bottom edge, there is a primary microphone, while audio jack and microUSB port are present at the top edge.
Next up is a display on Desire 516. The device comes with a 5-inch display with 960×540 resolutions, which makes it a 220 PPI display. While its competitors like Redmi 1S is offering a 720p display under INR 6,000 pricing. It is pretty hard for HTC to convince its consumers why they should buy this handset. Well, I wouldn’t go for it at this pricing. With a resolution lower than 720p, you cannot expect a device to offer good viewing angles under daylight. It would have been a good catch if HTC had made this a budget smartphone, rather taking it to the mid-range pricing.
Coming to the hardware and performance on Desire 516, it is powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 200. It is the same processor that is found on the Moto E, apparently. It is complimented by Adreno 302 and 1GB of RAM. The device comes with a 4GB of internal storage and out of which less than 2GB of storage space is available to use. There is an expansion slot, which supports microSD card of up to 32GB. With these average specs, the device does hold up to your daily routine tasks. With battery rating of 1950mAh, the device easily provides a day’s of charge.
As far as the software goes, the HTC Desire 516 is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It is layered with HTC Sense UI, which is the most elegant interface. Though, here we found the older Sense 5.1, which fall slightly behind in the overall experience. But nonetheless, the UI performs pretty smooth, making it a decent experience, if not the best. You also get the BlinkFeed option on the home screen, which is quite a good magazine that can be customized easily.
Talking about the camera on the Desire 516. It comes with a 5MP rear shooter with LED flashlight. The company mentioned it could shoot 1080p videos while it was not the case when we tested the camera. It can shoot as higher as 720p only. The photos were decent for a 5MP module, but with brands like HTC, we expect more. Of course, the low-light images were not that good with a low ISO, as the details were not visible in the photos. The front-facing snapper was pretty bad because the photos were blurry even when the camera module was sitting tight. It is not the type of quality one expects from a big brand like HTC.
The device is priced at a stretched price of INR 13,000, considering the specs it comes with. There would have been any flaw if this were priced under budget range. The internal memory is very low for a device this much priced. If we keep the pricing aside for a sec, then, there is still no chance that we would recommend this device. As a design, build quality and Android OS on Desire 516 is far older than the current state of the mobile industry.
The only thing to like about this device is its good battery performance. With just 1950mAh power, the device easily manages to have a few hours of battery juice left, even after a whole day use. While the Sense UI was pretty smooth on Desire 516, the Android OS was old. It could have been a better device if few of the specs were ramped up.